October Weather in Amsterdam: ‘It Can Freeze, Or It Can Thaw’
In ancient times the month of October was referred to in Holland as aarselmaand — hesitation month, as the weather hesitates between fall and winter.
“Het kan vriezen of het kan dooien,” (literally, “It can freeze or it can thaw”) the Dutch say — in an expression that means the outcome is uncertain: anything is possible.
That is quite true for the weather in Amsterdam during the month of October. The weather in Holland in notorious for being consistently inconsistent at any time during the year, and October is no exception. The day can start out sunny, only to quickly give way to showers and occasional gusty storms.
That said, in recent years October has had a fair share of gorgeous days — sunny, blue skies, and often even warm enough to enjoy an outdoor café.
And no, it won’t actually ‘freeze’ in October.
Amsterdam Weather Forecast, October 2019
Updated September 23, 2020
As a service to our visitors we update this page with current weather forecasts throughout the month of October.
Until October comes around, the rest of the information on this page will be a good guide.
This is what we know at this time:
Long Term Forecast
Wednesday, September 30 — Wednesday, October 7, 2020: High chance (80%) that the changeable and fairly cool weather pattern will hang around.
Where this information comes from
Our weather information is based on long-term averages as reported by various meteorological services, including the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI).
Average Low and High Temperatures in October
|Normal Average Low and High Temperatures in October in Amsterdam|
|October 1-10||9.2° Celsius (48.56° Fahrenheit)||16° Celsius (60.8° Fahrenheit)|
|October 11-20||7.4° Celsius (45.32° Fahrenheit)||14° Celsius (58.1° Fahrenheit)|
|October 21-31||6.6° Celsius (43.88° Fahrenheit)||12° Celsius (55.04° Fahrenheit)|
Tickets: Museums, Tours, Activities
Even though it is not the high season Amsterdam is very popular and crowded in October Get tickets for museums, tours, public transport ahead of time.
Did you know that the Van Gogh Museum, the most popular museum in the Netherlands, does not sell tickets at the door?
Amsterdam hotels are in high demand throughout the year. For the best rates (and to make sure you can even get a room) Book your hotel as early as possible.
In Amsterdam we’ve learned to live with this kind of weather: bright and sunny one moment; cloudy and rain showers the next. It’s not for nothing we’ve got so many cafes to pop in to.
Amsterdam October weather: average temperatures
On average you can expect lots of grey days, some sunny days, and some rain. Guidebooks and websites can not seem to agree whether or not October is the wettest month, but you’ll want to use an umbrella on a regular basis.
The average high temperature is 13° Celsius (55.4° Fahrenheit), and the average night-time low is 4° Celsius (39.2° Fahrenheit) — while the average median temperature is 10.4° (50.72° Fahrenheit).
But note that on average the temperatures at the end of October are four degrees lower than at the beginning of the month. September is on average 4 degrees warmer than October, while November is on average four degrees colder.
The weather in the coastal regions of the country tends to be warmer and wetter than the weather further inland. Overall, October has some 60 hours of rain, and an average of 104 hours of sunshine.
The end of Daylight Saving Time
At the start of October the sun rises at about 7:45 am, and sets at about 7:20 pm. At the end of the month, when the country has reverted to wintertime, sunrise starts at about 7:35 am and sunset occurs at about 5.15 pm.
In 2019 summertime in the Netherlands started on March 31. It will revert back to wintertime — Daylight Saving Time will end — during the night of Saturday October 27 to Sunday October 28. That means you will get an extra hour of sleep (or, as the case may be, party time) since at 3:00 am the clock will be turned back to 2:00 am, Central European Time. Remember: spring forward, fall back. Currently in Europe there is quite a bit of discussion about the possibility of ending the Daylight Saving Time switch since it no longer serves a clear purpose. Our guess: it will end, but not any time soon.
In 2020 summertime starts Sunday, March 29, and ends on Sunday, October 25.
What to wear in Amsterdam in October
Humid air and strong wind can make the weather in Amsterdam feel colder than it actually is.
You’ll want pack a wind- and waterproof jacket, and it is a good idea to dress in layers, including a sweater or sweatshirt and jacket. Stores, pubs, cafes and restaurants as well as cinemas and theaters will be warm, so you’ll need to be able to take something off.
Wear water-tight shoes instead of sandals or flip-flops.
Inexpensive umbrellas are for sale all over downtown Amsterdam so you don’t need to worry about bringing one. You get what you pay for, but generally the wind is not yet strong enough to trash your umbrella.
Right now (2019), the month actually starts out with lots of rain. Overall we’ve been having lots of wet weather lately. Here in the Netherland the effects of global warming are quite noticeable.
And then there are days like this (October 28, 2013):
Things to do in Amsterdam in October
Amsterdam is at its prettiest when the sun in shining, but the city is beautiful any time of the year, come sunshine or rain.
Keep your schedule as flexible as possible so you can take advantage of good weather for outside activities, while you visit museums at other times.
If and when it rains you’ll likely want to pop into a pub for a coffee or a beer while you wait for the shower to end.
During this month the leaves on Amsterdam’s trees change their green color to hues of yellow, orange and red. Have your camera ready (with a camera rain cover, perhaps).
More weather information
We also have details about Amsterdam weather in other months. That page also includes a current rain radar.
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